Freedom of Expression: Painting Warps on the Loom

Difficulty:  Advanced beginner or intermediate weaver

Saturday-Sunday, September 10-11, 2022  SOLD OUT

Class will be held in person – Howard County Fairgrounds 4H Building

Taught by Sarah Saulson

Course Overview

In this dyeing and weaving workshop, we will have lots of spontaneous fun painting warps with fiber reactive dyes, after the loom is dressed. This wonderful technique allows weavers to work with color and pattern in a loose, free, expressive way, creating large-scale abstract forms. We will paint enough warp to explore the possibilities of the technique, and for a scarf. We will learn how to mix our own colors working from primary hues. In addition to making beautiful warps and weaving, the workshop includes lectures and handouts on dye technique and safety, basic color theory, and special considerations when weaving painted warps. Students bring pre-warped table or floor looms to the workshop.

Maximum number of participants: 15

Student Requirements

Must be able to dress a loom and weave independently; must bring a pre-warped table or portable floor loom to the class.  instructions will be sent closer to the class.

About the Artist

Sarah has been weaving since childhood.  Weaving and dyeing have been her vocation for almost 4 decades.  She has taught nationally and internationally and for many years taught Weaving and Textiles at Syracuse University.  She now makes her home in Providence, RI and has a studio in what was once the world’s largest weaving mill.    In her current studio practice, she focuses on custom-designed, heirloom quality Jewish prayer shawls.

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